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  • 39.462°N
  • 31.216°W

  • 914 m
    2998 ft

  • 382001
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Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



950 BCE

914 m / 2998 ft


Volcano Types

Pyroclastic cone(s)

Rock Types

Basalt / Picro-Basalt
Trachybasalt / Tephrite Basanite
Trachyandesite / Basaltic trachy-andesite
Trachyte / Trachyandesite
Phono-tephrite / Tephri-phonolite

Tectonic Setting

Continental crust (> 25 km)


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Geological Summary

Flores Island and Corvo Island to its north are located far west of the rest of the Azores islands and are the only two Azorean volcanoes lying west of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Growth of an initially submarine volcano included Pleistocene explosive activity associated with formation of small calderas. The 10 x 15 km island of Flores is dotted by numerous pyroclastic cones and craters. Following a long period of quiescence beginning about 200,000 years ago, several young phreatomagmatic craters and associated lava flows were erupted during the Holocene, including two about 3000 years ago. The Caldeira Funda de Lajes tuff ring formed about 3150 years ago, accompanied by a lava flow that traveled to the SE, reaching the coast at Lajes. The Caldeira Comprida tuff ring in Caldeira Seca, west-central Flores, erupted about 2900 years ago. It produced a lava flow that traveled NW-ward and reached the coast at Faja Grande.


The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography.

Azevedo J M M, Ferreira M R P, 2006. The volcanotectonic evolution of Flores Island, Azores (Portugal). J Volc Geotherm Res, 156: 90-102.

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

Mitchell-Thome R C, 1976. Geology of the Middle Atlantic Islands. Berlin: Gebruder Borntraeger, 382 p.

Morisseau M, Traineau H, 1985. Mise en evidence d'une activite hydromagmatique Holocene sur l'Ile de Flores (Acores). CR Acad Sci Paris, 301: 1309-1314.

Zbyszewski G, Candido de Medeiros A, Veiga Ferreira O da, Torre de Assuncao C, 1968. Geologic map of Ihla das Flores (Azores). Servicos Geologicos Portugal, 1:25,000 scale map with 31 p text (in Portuguese).

Eruptive History

Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
0950 BCE ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Caldeira Comprida
1200 BCE ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Caldeira Funda de Lajes

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Camprida, Caldeira Tuff ring 39° 26' 28" N 31° 13' 1" W
Funda de Lajes, Caldeira Tuff ring 39° 24' 22" N 31° 13' 1" W
Funda, Lagoa Stratovolcano 39° 23' 0" N 31° 11' 0" W
Se, Pico da Stratovolcano 722 m 39° 24' 0" N 31° 10' 0" W


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Branca, Caldeira Maar
Masteiro, Caldeira Crater
Rasa, Caldeira Crater
Seca, Caldeira Crater

Photo Gallery

The northern half of the 10 x 15 km wide island of Flores, which lies west of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, appears at the margin of this NASA Space Shuttle image. Ponta Delgada lies at the northern tip of the island at the lower left. Several craters seen to the left of the cloud banks at the lower right were formed during eruptions about 2900 years ago that also produced a lava flow that forms the Faja Grande Peninsula below the craters.

NASA Space Shuttle image ISS007-E-11252, 2003 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/).
Lakes occupy Caldiera Funda de Lajes (left) and Caldiera Rasa (right) on SW Flores Island in this view from the east. The Caldeira Funda de Lajes tuff ring formed about 3150 years ago, accompanied by a lava flow that traveled to the SE, reaching the SE coast of Flores at Lajes. The 10 x 15 km island of Flores is dotted by numerous pyroclastic cones and craters.

Photo by Björn Ehrlich, 2007 (Wikipedia).

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Flores in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Flores Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).
WOVOdat WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. It is sponsored by the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) and presently hosted at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
EarthChem EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA). IEDA is a collaborative effort of EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).
MODVOLC - HIGP MODIS Thermal Alert System Using infrared satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, developed an automated system called MODVOLC to map thermal hot-spots in near real time. For each MODIS image, the algorithm automatically scans each 1 km pixel within it to check for high-temperature hot-spots. When one is found the date, time, location, and intensity are recorded. MODIS looks at every square km of the Earth every 48 hours, once during the day and once during the night, and the presence of two MODIS sensors in space allows at least four hot-spot observations every two days. Each day updated global maps are compiled to display the locations of all hot spots detected in the previous 24 hours. There is a drop-down list with volcano names which allow users to 'zoom-in' and examine the distribution of hot-spots at a variety of spatial scales.
MIROVA Middle InfraRed Observation of Volcanic Activity (MIROVA) is a near real time volcanic hot-spot detection system based on the analysis of MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) data. In particular, MIROVA uses the Middle InfraRed Radiation (MIR), measured over target volcanoes, in order to detect, locate and measure the heat radiation sourced from volcanic activity.